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Google Home and Bluetooth speakers make the perfect pair

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Google Home and Bluetooth speakers make the perfect pair ... fect-pair/

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of your Bluetooth® speakers playing the song you requested—across every room in your house. We brought this feature to life after hearing how much you wanted to amp up the sound with your Google Home Mini.

Now any of your Google Home devices can connect to other Bluetooth speakers so you can control your entertainment experience simply using the sound of your voice. Turn up the beats in the living room, listen to a podcast while you cook or finish a few chapters of your audiobook before bed—even in rooms that don’t have a Google device.
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Nov 16, 2008
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can't get it to recognize my JBL Flip 2 phone pairs with it, but not GH
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Jul 3, 2017
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This was already covered in the Google Home Help thread: google-home-users-help-2147709/8/#p29137398

But in summary:
- This is the long-awaited ability to connect a Google Home unit (including Mini) to a Bluetooth speaker system for better-quality output.
- So far it's only in the Preview version of the Google Home app (unless it has changed in the last few days) - enable Preview in the GH app settings and download a new version
- You go to the GH device menu, and select Paired Bluetooth Devices first. You can pair more than one speaker.
- Then the next menu item down is Default Music Speaker. You can only select one, but in fact GH will look for the first available in your Paired list if the default one isn't currently available.
- Only music (and other streams) play on the selected speaker, voice responses remain on the GH speaker. There's a bit of a volume mismatch problem at the moment, with music being too soft and voice too loud, can't be adjusted independently.
- You can say "Hey Google, disconnect Bluetooth" to disconnect from the bt speaker and revert to the built-in GH speaker.
- You can say "Hey Google, connect Bluetooth" to connect to the default or first available bt speaker in your paired list. It will tell you by device name which speaker it connects to.

- Make sure the bt speaker is in Pairing mode when you try to pair it with GH in the app.
- GH has trouble connecting to some bt speakers. Try a couple of times - sometimes it seems to activate the link the first time, reports failure, then succeeds on the 2nd try.
- GH won't connect to some bt speakers unless you hit the Play button on the speaker while GH is trying to pair (before it says "failed").
- Sometimes GH shows a MAC address for the bt speaker instead of a name. This usually clears up and shows the correct name after a while.
- Sometimes GH gets out of sync, thinking it is connected when it isn't, or vice versa. Just disconnect Bluetooth and try again.
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Nov 16, 2008
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thanks for the tips, I have enabled Preview on the Android App and waiting for some sort of update to see if that's the issue, or the Flip 2 is too aged to work as a speaker